NEW DELHI: A SpiceJet pilot tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been in self-isolation at his residence, the low-cost airline said in a statement on Sunday.
The pilot, a first officer, operated his last flight on March 21 from Chennai to Delhi. In fact, he did not fly any international flight in March.
“The safety of our passengers and employees is our topmost priority. We have been diligently following the guidelines issued by the WHO and the Government of India. All our aircraft are being disinfected thoroughly since the end of January and the disinfectants used are as per the WHO standards,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said.
All crew and staff, who had been in direct contact with the pilot, have been asked to self-isolate by staying at home for the next 14 days as a precautionary measure.
The pilot is being provided with appropriate medical care, said the low-cost airline.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, India is under a 21-day lockdown — suspending all international and domestic flights for this period.
Meanwhile, India has so far confirmed more than 900 positive coronavirus cases with 25 deaths.
The highly contagious disease, which first emerged in China’s Wuhan in December last year, has claimed more than 20,000 lives and infected over half a million globally.